About Water Balance
Water Balance was founded by Tom Reynolds to assist farmers and urban landscapers
at the Ag-Urban Interface AND BEYOND
optimize plant health, soil nutrient balance and irrigation management with proven, efficient and cost-effective solutions.
entered the agricultural arena in the late 1970's and in Arizona
where cotton, citrus, and cattle productivity had peaked (area,
not yield). Soon, environmental aspects of water, soil, and air
pollution were making all the agricultural news headlines.
Molecular biology and chemistry were mature, and personal
computing technologies, first in farm accountancy, along with
radio technologies, were moving onto Arizona farms. Tom
started using computers in 1973 as an employee at a construction
company, By 1979 he held his B.S. degree in Ag-Industry_Crop
Production and was employed collecting and reporting soil,
water and crop data over a three-county service area in central
sunrise to 1:00 PM data and samples were collected and recorded.
By 4:00 PM, using a computer program written by E. Ray Bigler,
CPAg, we had processed the data, printed the graphs, and started
transmitting these reports to our several clients for their
irrigation and nitrogen scheduling the next day or week.
early service provider to farmers and ranchers, Tom's Water
Balance business model is built upon four pillars (see home
page). Tom has
witnessed California agricultural producers remaining
economically successful while also tending to their
environmental impacts, which help keep their over-allocated
watershed's fauna and flora in at least some degrees of health. Gone are the days of groundwater mining,
unreasonable nitrogen losses to acquifers by non-uniform irrigation application, and
unchecked air pollution. What Water Balance provides to farmers
and ranchers enables them to invest in irrigation systems that
reduce costs, reduce deliterious environmental impacts, nurtures
watersheds, while improving water and nitrogen use efficiencies
with much better certainty.
Irrigation efficiency in wheat, citrus, cotton, and hay below
85% is no longer a 21st Century prerogative. Furthermore,
producers in a position of precision irrigation and fertigation
can go even further, beyond 90% efficiency, to maintain average
farm gross incomes at what Dr. English at Oregon State
University refers to as
optimal irrigation management and deficit irrigation
precision irrigation system design, crop feedback systems,
precision water measurement/budgeting, crop production analysis,
and the resources
and commitment from owners create the space managers need to
go there, tightening their belts with acceptable levels of uncertainty.
Tom received his Master's in Science in Agribusiness in 1989 from Arizona State University. Farmers in Maricopa and Pinal Counties were
just facing water use regulations. Tom's Master's Thesis, "Can Growers Live Within the Law
provides substantial basis for his argument that scientific
irrigation scheduling significantly (95% confidence) increases
yield. Increasing yield without increasing water application
volume translates to higher water use efficiency.
"Thomas Reynolds has provided high quality irrigation design services that meet NRCS standards and specifications. He has endured challenges that come with design changes in irrigation design requirements, and is persistent in making the recommended design changes in a timely manner."
-- District Conservationist
USDA-NRCS Avondale Field Office